This fascinating travelogue was made in 1934, in the era when China was in the grip of the Imperial nations. America operated its own fleet of warships in Chinese waters, to protect American interests, especially the tankers belonging to Standard Oil. Shown in the film are various U.S. Navy warships and gunboats, and although none are identified by name the USS Augusta (CA-31), flagship for the Asiatic fleet, is clearly visible. Canton and Shanghai are cities visited during the course of the... Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film
Made to promote the upgrading of Polaris SSBN submarines to carry the new Poseidon missile, this film presents an overview of the nation's undersea nuclear force. A brief history of the Polaris SSBNs is presented, including the development of the solid-rocket engine and launch apparatus. Admiral Raborn is shown on the occasion of the first successful undersea launch of a missile from a submarine. Earlier attempts to place a missile on a sub, including the Regulus missile era are shown.... Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
Made prior to the outbreak of World War II (WWII) as the United States began a build-up of its naval forces, "The Battle" shows a gigantic fleet exercise and promotes the capabilities of the two ocean navy. Features footage of battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and various support craft including hospital ships and supply vessels. Many vessels are shown including the North Hampton class battleship Chicago (CA-29), the USS California (BB-44), and the... Topic: U.S. Navy Propaganda Film
When President John F. Kennedy visited the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise (CVN-65), he used the occasion to promote a strengthened U.S. Navy, one whose indomitable force would help preserve the peace. He then watched naval wargames that included some of the most cutting-edge weaponry of the day, including missiles, rockets, and supersonic aircraft. Sadly, Kennedy would be assassinated just a short time after this film record of the exercise was released, and it was withdrawn from circulation... Topic: U.S. Navy Propaganda Film
The Fleet That Came to Stay was produced by the US Navy in 1945, and details the aerial and naval battles that raged during the invasion of Okinawa. The Okinawa campaign was especially devastating for the U.S. Navy due to the use of kamikaze suicide planes by the Japanese. After being hit by two kamikaze planes, the USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) was severely damaged, and 346 of its crew were KIA. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
While the Battle of the Atlantic that took place during WWII is well known, the struggle to get troops, man and supplies to Europe from the USA during World War I was also momentous. German U-boats took a frightening toll on American ships, and their brazen raids are in fact one of the key reasons America declared war on Germany and its allies. This film is a short portrait of the struggle, showing how lookouts, convoys, and new weapons such as the depth-charge-firing "Y gun" were... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Featuring Hollywood actor Glenn Ford as its star and narrator, this U.S. Navy publicity film shows the fleet at the height of readiness during the Cold War. Large fleet exercises are shown, in which anti-submarine warfare capabilities are demonstrated, as well as the strategic weapons of this era including nuclear-armed missiles and torpedoes. Some of the featured vessels include: the SS United States, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Hartley (DE-1029), the Trieste and its tender ship USNS... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
Produced in cooperation with the United States Navy, "The Eyes of the Navy" follows aviators through their basic training in Pensacola, Florida and advanced training at Naval Air Station San Diego, California. Various phases of instruction are shown, from classroom work, to instrument training in a Link trainer, solo flight and carrier landings and take-offs from USS Enterprise (CV-6). Some other highlights include machine gun practice, bombing and dive bombing practice. Features a... Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
Shot by award winning cinematographer Conrad Buff, "Down to the Wire" is a portrait of naval aviation cadets struggling to receive their carrier wings circa 1970. To become qualified as a carrier jet pilot, a variety of tasks must be mastered from "touch-and-go's" on land to that first hairy carrier landing at sea. The famed Essex class carrier USS Lexington (CV/CVA/CVS/CVT/AVT-16), known as "The Blue Ghost", appears in the film. Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
Celebrates the launching of the nation's forty-one Polaris fleet ballistic missile submarines, the "41 for Freedom". These boats formed the nation's undersea nuclear deterrent throughout most of the Cold War. Features footage of USS Tunny (SS-282), USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624), USS Lafayette (SSBN-616), USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629), USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658), USS Will Rogers (SSBN-659), and USS Nautilus (SSN-571). Includes footage of the development of the missile concept,... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Features rare footage of the L class, Holland S class and K class submarines, as well as the U.S. Navy's first submarine the Holland. Features footage of the Atlantic Submarine Flotilla including USS L-11 (SS-51), USS L-10 (SS-50), USS L-4 (SS-43), S-19 (SS-124), K-2 (SS-33), K-4 (SS-35). Also features shots of GATO class boats USS Threadfin (SS-272), USS Trigger (SS-237) during World War II. The film shows the history of the Silent Service through 1954, including the Submarine Training School... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
On June 4, 1944, an American anti-submarine squadron accomplished an incredible feat, capturing the German U-boat U-505 and all hands. This film celebrates the achievement and explains how it happened. It certainly wasn't a fluke. Commander Daniel Gallery, of the USS Guadalcanal, was convinced he could surface and capture an enemy submarine, and he drilled his crews in the art of boarding. When the aircraft carrier USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) and its destroyer escorts, USS Pillsbury (DE-133), USS... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
Shot at the Naval Amphibious School in Coronado, California, this film shows the procedures used by SCUBA divers to exit and enter a submarine through the airlock. The film also features extremely rare footage of the special operations submarine USS Grayback (SSG-574 / LPSS-574) which carried miniature submarines (known as SDVs or Swimmer Delivery Vehicles) in its hangar that could be used by U.S. Navy SEALs for special operations. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Details the life of the crew aboard a fleet aircraft carrier operating in the Pacific during WWII in 1944. Includes footage of aircraft operations including Grumman TBM Avengers and Hellcats, maintenance, take-offs and landings, and the mundane side of crew life. Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
Landing aboard an aircraft carrier is a task fraught with danger under normal conditions. When an aircraft has a malfunction or becomes disabled, it can be especially dangerous. The Mark-V barricade was developed to arrest disabled aircraft which, for whatever reason, may not be able to land by conventional "hook on a cable" means. Shown in this film are the procedures used to deploy the barricade, with commentary about how teamwork and attention to detail makes all the difference. Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Made by the Reynolds Aluminum Co, the Aluminaut was an experimental deep sea exploration submarine built in 1964. The Aluminaut is credited with rescuing the DSV Alvin-2 in 1969 after it sank, and helping to locate an atomic bomb lost off the coast of Palomares, Spain in 1966. Also featured in the film is footage of the NR-1, the Navy's nuclear powered research submarine, the bathyscaphe Trieste and Trieste II, and other vessels including the Perry Cubmarine. The film also includes footage of... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
The USS Triton (SSRN-586) was one of the largest submarines of its era. Equipped with twin reactors, Triton circumnavigated the world underwater in 1960, under the command of famous submariner Edward L. Beach. This color film details life aboard Triton during that epochal trip, and shows its triumphant homecoming, including a visit from President Dwight Eisenhower. Triton was to be used as a radar picket submarine, but problems related to its design meant that it was eventually relegated to use... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Made by the U.S. Navy at the height of the Cold War, this film observes current Soviet naval forces and attempts to assess their global reach and strategy. By this time, the Soviets had achieved the world's largest submarine force, and supplemented it with state-of-the-art anti-submarine weapons including the helicopter aircraft carrier Moskva, which is shown in the film. Also shown are various other vessels, including Russian PT boats, Kashin class guided-missile destroyers, and Soviet nuclear... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
Contains footage of the DSRV-2, Avalon submarine deep sea rescue vehicle. Includes launching footage, and a demonstration of how the vehicle could be carried in a cargo aircraft to any ocean in the world. One of two Mystic class rescue vehicles, Avalon was decommissioned in 2000. It could dive to up to 1500 meters. Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
The USS Antietam (CV/CVA/CVS-36) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II, and the first carrier to be fitted with an angled deck. This innovative feature, made possible by the addition of a port sponson, effectively allowed aircraft to take off while others were simultaneously landing. This film was made to acquaint naval aviators and deck crew with this new feature. Also shown in the film is USS Coral Sea (CV/CVB/CVA-43), a Midway-class aircraft carrier which was... Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Made at the height of the Cold War, this Navy film provides an overview of the Navy's strategic undersea capabilities, with a focus on nuclear deterrence. Features footage of the nuclear powered USS Sturgeon (SSN-637), USS Skate (SSN-578) surfacing at the North Pole, the USS Triton (SSRN-586) circumnavigating the world underwater, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the Sturgeon class USS Parche (SSN-683), USS Skipjack (SSN-585), and the diesel powered USS Albacore (AGSS-569), USS Mang (SS-385). The... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
This tour of the U.S. Navy's submarine training school at New London, Connecticut includes a tour of the school's museum, a demonstration of their submarine simulator and even the submarine escape tower. Recruits are shown being trained in the latest techniques of undersea warfare and technology. Submarines featured include: USS Grouper (SS-214), USS Piper (SS-409), USS Irex (SS-482), and USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640) a Polaris nuclear missile submarine. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
This 1945 Technicolor film was shown to Navy veterans in the aftermath of WWII. Intended to refocus the men who had lived through such horror, and who had trained to live by the sword, the film attempts to remind the viewer of the goals achieved by the conflict. This film may owe its existence to a very real fear that returning veterans would not be able to re-integrate into society; but such worries proved groundless. James Vincent Forrestal, the last Cabinet-level United States Secretary of... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
In this training film, see how the U.S. prepares its submariners and submarine support personnel to handle potentially disastrous emergencies. The USS Balao (SS-285) plays the part of submarine that has had a fire aboard and is now stuck on the sea floor. Some trapped crew members make individual emergency buoyant ascents via the escape trunk. In the meantime, the submarine rescue ship USS Skylark (ASR-20), rushes to the scene and uses its Rescue Bell (RC14) to evacuate the remainder of the... Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
One of the U.S. Navy's industrial incentive films, the Life and Death of the USS Hornet traces the valiant career of CV-8. Footage includes the launching of the Doolittle Raider B-25s on their mission to strike Tokyo in 1942, including White House reaction by President Roosevelt that the planes came from "Shangri-La." Also on this film, is footage of the ill-fated Torpedo 8 Squadron which was sacrificed at the Battle of Midway. The carrier USS Hornet was sunk during the Battle of... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This Kriegsmarine film shows the cruise of the German warships Gneisenau and Blucher in the North Atlantic in 1939 and 1940. These two ships were to be part of what Adolph Hitler hoped would be a new German Navy that would challenge Britain's mastery of the sea. The cruiser Blucher would be sunk just a short time after the film was made, in 1940 during the invasion of Norway. The... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
This U.S. Navy film shows how a sunken submarine can be raised from the depths using pontoons and air apparatus. Features footage of the salvage vessel USS Hoist (ARS-40), hard hat divers, and animations and footage of a real salvage operation exercise. Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Shows the launching of the USS Lafayette, SSBN-616, one of the new Polaris nuclear ballistic missile submarines. Built at the General Dynamics shipyard in Groton, Connecticut, Lafayette was christened by then-First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, whose husband Jack Kennedy was an avid supporter of the Polaris submarine program. Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
This movie is about the USS Tunny (SS-282) and the procedure she helped pioneer -- firing the Regulus missile. The Regulus was the world's first nuclear cruise missile, and a stop-gap weapon that served the Navy until the arrival of the Polaris weapon system. The Gato-class USS Tunny served three years in the Pacific during WWII, and was brought back into service in 1953 to assist in the development of the Regulus missile system. The U.S. strategy at this time, was to prevent an all out nuclear... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
This short film, part of the "Navy News Highlights", shows some of the stunning accomplishments made by the Silent Service in the late 1950's. First, USS Skate (SSN-578) the third nuclear submarine commissioned by the Navy, becomes only the second submarine to reach the North Pole and the first to surface there. Next, the launching of the Barbel-class USS Blueback is shown. USS Blueback was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and was the last... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
Recounts the 1966 SeaLab II effort, involving ten aquanots who lived in a chamber beneath the sea, under seven atmospheres of pressure. The most famous of the aquanots was Scott Carpenter, who was also one of the original seven Project Mercury astronauts. Includes footage of diving bell, SeaLab I, SeaLab II, crew transfer vehicle, trained dolphins, and practice sessions to recover downed aircraft, sunken submarines and atomic bombs and other weapons. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Made by the U.S. Navy at the height of the Cold War, this informative film chronicles the history of the Soviet Navy from the Czarist era through WWI, the Revolution, WWII, and the Cold War. The film begins with shots of the helicopter aircraft carrier Moscow / Moskva on its maiden voyage in the Mediterranean Sea in 1968. The Kashin class guided-missile destroyers, the world's first major ships built with gas turbine propulsion, are also shown along with Soviet nuclear submarines. These... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Landing a plane on the deck of aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous and amazing daily activity facing pilots and deck crew. This amazing training film graphically depicts various aircraft landing disasters. It also instructs pilots how to avoid them and what emergency ejection or ditching procedures to follow in case they do occur. A barrier landing, called for when a pilot has a landing gear problem, is shown as is the set-up of the barrier. Many crashes in this film were captured by... Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
A scenic cruise along the Hudson and the East River in New York is used to discuss the history of the U.S. Navy, from its earliest era to the present. Features footage of the SS United States, RMS Queen Mary, the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. Also contains shots of the fighting ship USS Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides". ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
Showcases the combined effort that is part of modern anti-submarine warfare, in which fixed and rotary wing aircraft work in conjunction with destroyers and escorts to locate and destroy enemy submarines. Featured in the film is footage of the fleet Sonar School, Grumman S-2 Tracker and the Neptune P2V operating off of the aircraft carrier USS Randolph (CV-15), and the destroyers USS Sarsfield (DD-837), USS Blandly (DD-943) and USS Cony (DD-508), and the submarine USS Sirago (SS-485). Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Made in 1942 and shot in color, "The Battle of Midway" is John Ford's masterpiece of documentary filmmaking. Featuring voice overs by Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, and Jane Darwell, the film includes material shot by Ford himself during the Japanese bombardment of Midway. John Ford's handheld, 16mm footage of the battle was captured totally impromptu. He had been in transit on the island, roused from his bunk by the sounds of the battle, picked up his camera and began shooting. Ford was... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
A basic training film made by the U.S. Navy, "Co-ordinated Anti-Submarine Warfare" discusses how surface ships, aircraft and submarines work together to unravel the submarine threat. The film explains both passive and active sonar, and shows how sonobuoys and other technology are deployed to locate enemy submarines. Features footage of a carrier battle group, Soviet submarines, and American warships as well as Tracker aircraft and rotary wing ASW helicopters. Visible in the film is... Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
This U.S. Navy newsreel shows Commander William Anderson of the nuclear powered submarine Nautilus, being greeted at the White House by President Eisenhower. During the period 22 July 1958 to 5 August 1958, U.S.S. Nautilus transited the Arctic Ocean from the Bering Sea to the Greenland Sea, becoming the first vessle in history to pass submerged beneath the geographic North Pole. Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
Shows the 1945 cruise of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13) across the Pacific and into combat. Corsair and Avenger aircraft are shown performing take-offs and landings, on what seems like it will be a 'typical' combat cruise. During combat the Franklin was struck by two armor piercing bombs dropped by a Japanese Zero aircraft. At least one penetrated the flight deck, setting off a series of explosions that crippled the ship. There were over 1000 casulties including 724 KIA. Despite... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
Diving in the deep sea, whether with scuba gear or a hard hat suit, is fairly safe as long as the diver is conscious of the effects of pressure. This U.S. Navy training film discusses the physical principles of diving, and shows some of the medical consequences of mishaps. Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Shows the USS George Washington (SSBN-598) on deterrent patrol somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. The nation's first ballistic missile submarine, George Washington and its sister Polaris submarines were the nation's undersea deterrent arm throughout the Cold War. Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
Shows the submarine USS Shark (SSN-591) conducting anti-submarine warfare maneuvers. A nuclear attack submarine, Shark was one of the Skipjack class boats launched in 1960. The film shows the crew conducting sonar searches, and living and working at sea. Also includes footage of the USS Holland (SS-1), the Navy's first submarine, as well as early subs including the S44. Also shown are the USS Gyatt (DD-712) and USS Fremont (PA-44). The film also includes WWI German footage of U-boats. Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
In this short silent film, shot by the Pilot Landing Aid Television system, known as PLAT, a crippled Vought F-8 Crusader makes a barrier landing. The Mark-V barricade shown in the film was developed to arrest disabled aircraft which, for whatever reason, are not able to land by conventional "hook on a cable" means. In this instance, the landing is a success, the pilot walked away unscathed and the aircraft was salvageable. Topic: U.S. Navy PLAT film.
Made in 1944 and shot in color, The Fighting Lady is a documentary / propaganda film produced by Twentieth Century Fox for the U.S. Navy. The plot of the film revolves around the life of seamen on board the second USS Yorktown (CV-10) - "the Fighting Lady". The film includes footage of combat in the Marcus Islands, the attack on Truk in the Carolines,and the famous Marianas 'turkey shoot'. Directed by Edward Stiechen and narrated by Charles Boyer and Robert Taylor. ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.